I'm trying to decide between a XR650L and a street-plated XR650R as a dual purpose mount. My usage is 90/10 Street/trail. I don't mind putting more street orientated tires on the R-model as well as DOT lighting and turn signals. Lack of electric start is not an issue. My questions are: Both motors are counterbalanced-is there one that is smoother than the other for operator comfort? Is the lack of a cush hub on the R model a big issue? Given the same exhaust sound level- will the R make more power? (In the forests here we are limited to 94dB and I can't exceed that). I got the impression here that power is directly proportional to noise for the XR650R. Mike.